Gary L. Anderson

GaryAndersonGary L. Anderson, 72 of Normal passed away at 2:00 PM Wednesday August 24, 2016 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

There will be a visitation on Sunday August 28, 2016 from 2 to 3:45 PM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington, followed by a Masonic rites service at 3:45 PM.  There will be a funeral service on Sunday at 4 PM.  Reverend Debbie Reese and Pastor Terry Strom will officiate.  There will be a private Entombment on Monday at Park Hill Mausoleum.

Gary was born January 16, 1944 in Bloomington to Lyndell F. and Erma Dell Burke Anderson.  He married Holly Harris on September 7, 1963 in Bloomington.  She survives.  He is also survived by his son Erik K. (Audra) Anderson of Normal, three grandchildren, Evan, Elizabeth, and Patrick Anderson, one sister Connie (Jeff) Anderson Norman Miller of Streator, one sister-in-law Sharon Anderson of Cooksville, a niece, and several nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson Sean T. Anderson, and his brother Lyndell B. Anderson.

Gary graduated in 1962 from University High School in Normal and later attended Illinois State University.  He was employed by both Pantagraph Printing and Duplex Products in Bloomington.  In 1999 he started his own company, Infinity Print Group, which he owned and operated for thirteen years with his wife Holly and son Erik.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #43 in Bloomington where he was a 32nd degree mason, and a Scottish Rite Consistory member.  He was also a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Normal.  Gary enjoyed golfing and woodworking.  He took great pride watching his grandkids play baseball, softball, volleyball and hockey.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Memorial contributions may be made to Home Sweet Home Mission, Children’s Home + Aid in Bloomington or a charity of the Donor’s Choice.

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Betty Ann Franks

BettyFranksBetty Ann Franks, 80, of Bloomington, IL passed away at 7:58a.m. at her residence in Bloomington, IL, on Monday, August 15, 2016.

Visitation will be from 9:00—11:00a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Private family service and inurnment will be at a later date at East Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Memorial contributions may be directed to any cancer research curing organization in memory of Betty.

Surviving are her children, Randy (Lisa) Franks; Curtis (Janet) Franks; Leslie (Dennis) Forrest; Penny (Brad) Taylor; Timothy (Charlotte) Franks; Joey (Patty) Franks; and Jennifer (Michael) Quimby, all of Bloomington, IL. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, and two sisters. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sons, Allen and Spencer Franks.

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Marlene May Schollenberger

SchollenbergermemorialfolderMarlene May Schollenberger, 74 of Bloomington, IL, passed away at 9:10a.m. at her residence on Friday, August 5, 2016.

Visitation will be from 10—11a.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the Funk’s Grove Church, Rural McLean, IL. Her service will be at the church beginning at 11:00a.m. with Rev. Dr. Ralph E. Wingate Jr. celebrating immediately following the visitation. Private family burial at Funks Grove Cemetery, Rural McLean, IL. Memorial contributions may be mailed to the Humane Society of Central Illinois, 423 North Kays Drive, Normal, IL 61761. Beck Memorial Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Marlene was born on April 9, 1942, the daughter of Eddie and Ethel Mayer Solomon in St. Louis, MO. She married Robert Schollenberger on May 26, 1968 in Chicago, IL at the Como Inn; he survives.

Also surviving are her two children, Bryan Schollenberger, Joliet, IL; Michelle Schollenberger, Lombard, IL; and one brother Larry (Jane) Solomon, Sugar Land, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Arnold Solomon.

She graduated from University City High School in University City, MO. Marlene retired from Country Companies in 1991. After her retirement she started a cookie business and became known as the “cookie lady”. She wrote two baking cook books; A Collection of Cookies by Marlene; and a Collection of Special Cookies by Marlene. She appeared on the cover of Illinois Country Living Magazine, and appeared in the Pantagraph three times.

Marlene was an expert shopper, but more importantly became friends with the fellow shoppers, clerks and managers wherever she shopped.

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Mary Evelyn Richey

MaryRicheyMary Evelyn Richey, 89 of Bloomington died at 8:05 AM on Wednesday August 3, 2016 at her home.

There will be a private graveside service at Park Hill Cemetery at a later date. According to Mary’s wishes she will be cremated. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

She was born December 11, 1926 in Bloomington to Charles and Amanda Hamblin Hottel. She married William Robert Richey January 28, 1946 in Bloomington. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by her two children, Mark (Cheryl) Richey of Gardner, Montana and Peggy (Dallas) Miller of Peoria, fifteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, as well as two sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

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Barbara J. Menken

Barbara J. Menken, 88, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully at 11:50 p.m. Friday (July 29, 2016) in her home, surrounded by family.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, August 6, 2016 at Park Hill Cemetery, 1105 S. Morris Ave., Bloomington. Father Gene Stormer will be officiating. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the family.

Barbara was born May 17, 1928, in Bloomington, daughter of George and Edna Armbruster. She married Paul Menken on Aug. 26, 1961. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Denise Anne Menken.

She is survived by her children, Nancy (Bill) Gerling, Huntington Beach, Calif.; Patricia Ehrmantraut, Bloomington; Michael (Bonnie) Lough, Parrish, Fla.; Pamela (Doug) Scott, Danvers; and Paul Menken and Michelle Perry, both of Bloomington; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Barb was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a longtime member of the Elk Emblem Club.

We were blessed with a loving mother and wonderful friend. Her home and arms were open for all to come in. She made a safe place to come to, with unconditional love. Barbara truly was a gift to us all, an angel sent from above.

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Raymond Eugene Cushing

Raymond CushingRaymond Eugene Cushing, 60, of Bloomington, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 4pm at Heartland Health Care, Normal, Illinois. Cremation rites were accorded.

He was born January 27, 1956 in Bloomington, a son of George W. and Marijane Woodward Cushing. Ray attended Bloomington Schools and worked most of his life as a chef, including many years at the Ozark House and most recently at IWU.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his long-time best friend, Calvin “Shorty” Gaston.

Ray is survived by seven brothers and sisters; Sara Cushing, Bloomington; George (Linda) Cushing, Rio Verde, AZ; Robert (Karen) Cushing, Normal; Theresa (Craig) Erikson, Benton Harbor, Michigan; Mary Cushing Resch, Springfield; Carol (Margo Chaney) Cushing, Urbana; and Tony (Kathy) Cushing, Bloomington; and by his life-long friend, Janet Goble of San Pablo, CA. Nine nieces and nephews and seven great-nieces and nephews also survive.

Ray loved music and was also a voracious reader, saving years of back issues of National Geographic. His inquisitive mind and varied interests led to many lively conversations with friends and family.

The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to Dr. Pramern Sriratana; the nurses, aides and staff of Heartland Health Care; and the nurses and volunteers of St. Joseph Hospice for their care of Ray in his final battle with lung cancer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, 711 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL 61701.

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation and a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 from 12:30-2pm at Beck Memorial Home. A luncheon will follow. Burial will be private.

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Robert Darrell “Bob” Rotramel

RotramelRobert Darrell “Bob” Rotramel, 72, of Bloomington, died at 7:05 p.m. Thursday (July 14, 2016) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Pastor Jason Collins will officiate. There will be a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2016 at the memorial home. Interment will take place in Funks Grove Cemetery, McLean. Military rites will be directed by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard.

He was born July 16, 1943, to his mother, Frances Rotramel Johnson, and was raised by Ella and Ernie Rotramel. He married Elizabeth Griffieth. He later married Patricia Jenkins. She preceded him in death. He then married Lisa Anderson. She also preceded him in death, as well as one infant son and two grandchildren, Krystal Bethe Rotramel and Aurora Lynn Baize.

He is survived by seven children, Robert (Regi) Rotramel, Downs; Bryan Rotramel, El Paso; Bobi Jo Rotramel, Bloomington; Jodi Hilton, Bloomington; Mellissa Baize, Bloomington; Joseph (Jenny) Baize, Ludlow; and Mary (Mason) Bicknell, Bloomington; 20 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren, as well as several brothers and sisters in Missouri, and many extended family members in the Bloomington-Normal area.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. He was a self-employed businessman in the area all his life. Most recently he owned and operated Bob’s Blue Nite in Bloomington.

He enjoyed his family and friends and loved Harley Davidson motorcycles. Someone stated it best when they said, “He was gruffy on the outside but had the biggest heart in the world.”

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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Kenneth D. Smith

KenSmithKenneth D. Smith, 94 of Bloomington, IL passed away at 6:05 pm on Friday, July 8, 2016 at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.

Visitation will be from 11—12Noon on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Beck Memorial Home. His service will follow the visitation at 12Noon at Beck Memorial Home on Wednesday. A private inurnment will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL.

Surviving are his children, Lennie Ann Marek; and Brian (Joyce) Smith; three step-children, Darlene Treat, Bloomington, IL; Curtis (Erin) Trnka, Brandon, FL; and Cindy (Duane) Wells, Ellsworth, IL. Also surviving are several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter, Julene Lewis, and his wife Lorene Smith.

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Rebecca Sue “Becky” Monkman

RebeccaMonkmanRebecca Sue “Becky” Monkman, 65 of Normal, IL, passed away at 6:18 pm on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington IL.

There will be a celebration of life service from 2:30 PM-6:00 PM Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Lakeside Country Club 1201 Croxton Ave, Bloomington IL with a sharing of memories and a prayer service at 3:30 PM. The family suggests memorials be made to a charity of the donor’s choice or the O.S.F. St. Joseph Medical Center Fondation. Cremation services provided by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

Becky was born April 5, 1951 in Marshall Michigan the daughter of Jewelle Miller. She married John “Jack” Thomas Monkman Jr. on Sept. 7, 1969. He passed away September 20, 2014.

Surviving are two Children, Jay (Amy) Monkman, Carlsbad, CA; and Melissa (Daniel) Volk, Bloomington, IL; three grandchildren, Daniel, Jacob and Logan Volk, Bloomington, IL; one sister, Sharon McCauley, Bloomington, IL; and aunt, Joy Wall, Bloomington, IL. She is preceded in death by her mother.

Becky graduated from Bloomington High School. She had worked for the City of Bloomington for over 30 years. Becky enjoyed spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow. She will be missed by all who knew her. The family would like to thank the staff at OSF in the family care center for the care and compassion shown to Becky and her family.

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Wilbur D. Klink


WilburKlinkWilbur D. Klink
, 81 of Bloomington died at 7:19 PM on Sunday June 12, 2016 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

There will be a memorial service for Wilbur on Friday June 17, 2016 at 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Rev. Billy Newell will officiate. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Private inurnment will be later at Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum in Bloomington. Military rites will be performed by the Bloomington – Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

Wilbur was born August 1, 1934 in Bloomington to August and Marie Ihrcke Klink. He married Irene Robbins on July 29, 1960 in Bloomington. She preceded him in death on August 31, 1997 in Bloomington. He was also preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Walter and William Klink.

Wilbur is survived by one daughter Judith (John) Marietta of Davenport, Florida, two grandchildren, Antoinette Davis of Pittsburgh, PA and Sean (Meagan) Davis of Russellville, AK, and three sisters Betty Lamb of Geneseo, Barbara (Robert) Lyons of Green Valley and Margaret Altine of Bloomington.

Wilbur proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Wilbur was past president of McLean County Antique Car Club, The Over the Hill Motor Cycle Club and was Founder of V8 Ford Club in Bloomington and was also active in the Central Illinois Regional V8 Ford Club in Peoria.

He worked many years as a mechanic for Meeker Auto Parts in Bloomington and later for Union Camp Corporation in Bloomington. His passion was mechanical work and restoring vehicles. He loved restoring 1940 Fords and restored every body style from that year. Wilbur won many awards from restoring cars over the years. He also loved working on everything from lawn mowers to Volvo for his family and friends. Everyone was always welcome at his garage.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran School.

His skillful hands, words of wisdom, and kind assistance to all who passed through his life will be missed by all.

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